Prom season is officially here, which means two things. One, it’s time to re-watch all of our favorite ’90s teen movies to prepare. Two, it’s time to go prom dress shopping! If you’re looking to make a teen movie-worthy entrance at your prom, you need a dress that makes a statement. And while we’re all for wearing short prom dresses and even two-piece prom dresses, there’s no silhouette that brings the drama quite like a mermaid silhouette.
The mermaid silhouette exudes Old Hollywood glamour, but, unfortunately, traditional mermaid gowns can be quite restricting. Luckily, modern iterations are a touch looser and less constricting than their Old Hollywood counterparts, maintaining the distinctive silhouette without making it impossible for you to dance. (And this is very important because, as we all know, a choreographed dance number is a staple of the ’90s teen movie.)
Here are 16 of our favorite mermaid silhouette prom dresses.
You can’t go wrong with a slinky dress.
We’re swooning over the rose gold sequins and drapey back.
Proof that you don’t need a floor-length gown to wear this silhouette.
Mesh accents add visual interest to this black jersey gown.
This dress comes in 11 different colors.
Now, this is a bombshell dress.
You can never have too much sequins.
We didn’t know how badly we needed a lace mermaid skirt in our lives until right now.
A navy color palette allows the dramatic silhouette to speak for itself.
If you’re feeling extra girly.
The cut-out gives it a high-fashion edge.
12Cinq a Sept Eza Strapless Mermaid Dress, $356.98
Embellished ruffles and a midi length are dramatic without being over-the-top.
Work that side slit.
A metallic lace pattern is both glam and feminine.
A beaded neckline embellishes this simple dress. (It also comes in white.)
We’re living for this metallic floral print.